Thursday, 6 June 2013

Race last night was held in ideal conditions.  On board two newcomers and Ciaran who is old hand.  I did the driving  for the start and the first all important upwind leg.  
Messed up the start by trying to be clever and try another Port approach.  G53 was up to it though and I was forced to dip her, passing very close and then getting going at the gun.  By this time the rest of the fleet were rumbling up on starboard, yelling their heads off and forcing us to tack back on to starboard.  This we did and got going proper about 3rd overall.  Not a bad and an exciting effort.
From there on it was all downhill.  We gradually lost ground to G53 and G10 and by the first windward mark were lying a bad 4th.  Ie there was a long distance between us and the next Glen, G10.  On the positive side we were welll ahead of the rest of the fleet, some 5 Glens.  I handed over to Ciaran and put the spinnaker up and we held our position on the long run.  On the next leg we lost a lot of ground and G107 slipped ahead.  We caught up a bit on the short downwind leg and for the short windward beat to the finish had an exciting tacking duel which we won.  4th overall.  But the three boats ahead
were a long way in front.  Have to do better on the upwind legs.

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